The eleventh plague by Jeff Hirsch

     Review by:  Lisa

Title: The eleventh plague

Author: Jeff Hirsch

Collection:  Teen Books


In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing–and their lives–forever.

Do you know why I checked this book out at the library?  Because Suzanne Collins, author of the Hunger Games trilogy and the Gregor series, recommended it, saying:  “The Eleventh Plague hits disturbingly close to home… An excellent, taut debut novel”.  Her recommendation was good enough for me!  Although there are a lot of books out right now that are of the post-apocalyptic flavor, Hirsh has written a compelling read that is entertaining and visual. I think it could have stood a little more character development, simply because details about their pasts was minimal, with just enough mystery to intrigue, and  I think getting to know them in more depth is something I would have liked.  Overall, though, a good debut novel.

Hirsh has another book coming out in October called Magisterium that I will look for also.


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